Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It is important because it influences how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It could also influence the way a person feels about themselves, the quality of their relationships, and their ability to manage their feelings and deal with life’s every day challenges.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Mental health is an important facet of a person’s overall wellbeing, According to National Alliance on Mental Health, 2018, half of mental conditions start at the age of 14 with the likelihood of 75%, that mental health conditions may develop by the age of 24.
As per Mental Health Foundation, 2016 One in every 6-adult’s experience common mental health problems including anxiety or depression, with at least one in 5 adults having considered suicide at some point of their lives.
Key factors that promote a healthy mind include:
With staggering statistics such as these, it goes without saying that there is a need to not only raise awareness, but reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.